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Assad On Verge Of Biggest Victory Since Start Of Syrian War With Imminent Capture Of Aleppo

The imminent loss of Aleppo by rebel forces has sent shockwaves of demoralization across the war-torn country. Capturing eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the uprising against him in 2011, restoring his control over the whole city apart from a Kurdish-held area that has not fought against him.

Defense Department Launches Probe Of Petraeus Sex Scandal Leaks

The Defense Department has launched a leaks investigation related to the sex scandal that led to the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus, The AP confirmed Monday, the same day Petraeus was meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York.

Iranian Vessel Pointed Weapon At US Military Helicopter

A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as "unsafe and unprofessional."

Can An OPEC Deal Save Venezuelan Oil From Total Collapse?

With the nation's currency in full-fledged hyperinflationary collapse, OilPrice.com's Nick Cunningham notes that at times it seems that Venezuela’s economic crisis cannot get any worse. Food shortages, electricity blackouts, and scarce medical supplies have created a humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. However, with each passing month the situation deteriorates, and the crisis appears to be entering a dangerous new phase.

Frontrunning: November 28

  • Trump Alleges That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally (WSJ)
  • Oil slip sends dollar, bond yields skidding (Reuters)
  • Italian Lenders Slide on Vote Worries to Drag Down Europe Stocks (BBG)
  • OPEC makes last-ditch bid to save oil deal as tensions grow (Reuters)
  • How Iran, Russia Could Derail Oil-Production Deal (WSJ)
  • Tug of War Delays Some of Trump’s Key Appointments (WSJ)

OPEC Scrambles To Salvage Oil Deal In 11th Hour As Tensions Spike

One day after Saudi Arabia raised the prospect that Wednesday's OPEC summit in Vienna may conclude without a deal (which also was spun as optimistic as the market would still revert to "equilibrium", however it was unclear at what price), OPEC members tried on Monday to rescue a deal to limit oil output as tensions grew among the producer group and non-OPEC member Russia.

A Month Of Multiculturalism In Germany: Child Marriage, No-Go Zones, & Gang Rapes

"There is no doubt that the growing number of Muslims in our country today is testing the tolerance of mainstream society." The 2016 Munich Oktoberfest recorded its lowest turnout since 2001. Visitors reportedly stayed away due to concerns about terrorism and migrant-related sexual assaults. The Federal Statistics Office reported that the birthrate in Germany reached the highest level in 33 years in 2015, boosted mainly by babies born to migrant women.